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“An experience of a lifetime”

Elephant Conservation Center
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sayaboury
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Owner description: The Elephant Conservation Center marks a new era for conservation of the Asian elephant within the Lao PDR and offers a unique experience to visitors wishing to contribute towards the preservation of an endangered species. The first of its kind in Laos, the Center is not another elephant camp but an innovative approach that combines conservation of an endangered species with eco-tourism. Minimum stay is overnight, however we recommend our 2 nights package to experience all the activities and truly enjoy this tranquil part of the world. Volunteer experiences, 6 nights/7 days are also available. Now we have our own minivan departing Luang Prabang daily at 8am and it takes you back the following day or days arriving Luang Prabang 4.30pm. It is only a 2 hour journey from Luang Prabang, Laos' UNESCO World Heritage listed town.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Just do it! Pay the little bit extra and make the effort to get out of Luang Prabang...you won't regret it! We did the 3day/2night elephant experience and did not stop smiling the entire time. The 4 hour trip from Luang Prabang is well worth it and very easy. There is a tuk tuk waiting to pick you up when you get to Sayaboury and the trip to the centre is a great adventure. The centre is beautifully located, the staff are absolutely amazing and so knowledgable, the food was outstanding, the rooms where basic but beautiful and all have spectacular views over the dam. Our personal guide, BP, was superb and made sure that we were well looked after for our entire stay. We got a tour of the facilities, shown around the little elephant hospital, went for guided walks in the forest, a stunning sunset cruise and swim, a visit to the elephant nursery and breeding grounds. The elephants are wonderful and very well treated. You get to interact with the ellies everyday, ride them through the forest and learn how to be a mahout! The focus of the centre is on conservation and every cent that you pay for the experience and donate goes to an excellent cause. Such a highlight during our time in South East Asia.

2  Thank Georgina S
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Didn't know anything about this place before I went there and had a slight concern that it might have an exploitative aspect to it like some other wild animal experiences in Asia. Not so. This place is the real deal! A sensitive jointly run French/Lao operation that is absolutely fantastic if you want a close up Elephant educational experience. I arrived to watch the elephants walk down out of their massive forest property for their afternoon bath in the beautiful dam. Some of the elephants had a great time doing barrel rolls trying to dunk their handlers in the water who are X loggers themselves. The centre is also initiating veterinary care for the elephants who still have a hard life in the logging industry.

There is lovely modest accommodation there and I wish I'd spent a night there to spend more time watching and learning about them. One girl seemed to enjoy getting her trunk scratched by my long nails! I rate this place highly.

It's only a year old so there's hardly any tourists there too. The 4k rough dirt road in is not that well signposted so make sure you are sure where it is it ring them for instructions.

Thank Kiera0123
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

My partner and I spent 3 days and 2 nights in the ECC in Sayaboury. During our 3 weeks lasting trip in Laos, this has been the most amazing experience. You get the chance to get up really close with the elephants as the groups are very small, only 4 people in our case. Also the surroundings, the people and the food were fantastic. Make sure you don't eat a few days before you arrive as you will get more than you could handle ;)
All in all this is a place of learning, if you just want to be entertained by the elephants, this is the wrong place for you. But if you want to admire and appreciate these wonderful creatures in a relaxing environment you should book your trip today!

Thank Doro G
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

We did the 3 days / 2 night trip and enjoyed every second of our stay. We can highly recommend the journey to the center as its a unique place and was for us the highlight of Laos.

What can you expect:
+ Magnificent elephants (it was fantastic to be so close to them and learn about them)
+ The program of activities is very nice and well balanced with enough breaks for relaxing
+ Lovely, friendly and helpful staff (they even organised us the ongoing transpot and hotel)
+ With your stay you support the Elephant Conservation Center
+ Simple wooden bungalows with fantastic view over the lake
+ Great Lao food

If you want to enjoy a unique experience and prefer that all your spendings are supporting the conservation of the elephants in Laos this is the place to be.

I really hope to have one day the chance to come back again.

Thank Reisema
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you want to learn about elephant, the reality of the situation of the elephants in Laos, the Lao culture and the mahout tradition history then this is the place to come! I did my research before deciding on where to go...I didnt want to visit or support any elephant camp, i strongly believe they are tourist-oriented and most of them dont care about the elephants or their future. I was very pleased when I read that The Elephant Conservation Center doesn't do any elephant trek (wonderful!), doesn't let people touch or cuddle the baby elephant and don't place saddles on their elephants..thats right if what you want to do is to touch and feed do babies or the "famous" treks where you sit on the poor elephants's back for hours while they do all the walking then you better go somewhere else.

This place is all about the conservation and the future of the elephants in Laos, they have been working very hard in providing free veterinary care to all elephants, opening a breeding program and creating awareness about elephant conservation by going to schools and educating guests at their center. Dream come true!

1  Thank Maksara
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